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11:25 PM ET, December 16, 2008

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Steve Dowling / Apple:
Apple Announces Its Last Year at Macworld  —  Apple® today announced that this year is the last year the company will exhibit at Macworld Expo.  Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, will deliver the opening keynote for this year's Macworld Conference & Expo …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Not a rumor: No Steve Jobs keynote at this year's Macworld — which will be Apple's last  —  Here's some big Apple news regarding the upcoming Macworld Expo that's not a rumor: This will be Apple's last appearance at Macworld and chief executive Steve Jobs will not be giving the keynote.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Jobs to skip Macworld keynote as Apple backs out  —  The era of the Macworld Stevenote is over.  —  (Credit: Corinne Schulze/CNET Networks)  —  This post was updated at 2:30 p.m. PST with more details.  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs has given his last keynote address at Macworld in San Francisco.
Michael Gartenberg / MobileDevicesToday:
Macworld's demise is of little consequence to Apple
Discussion: blogs.ft.com
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:   How does Apple's Macworld decision affect the faithful?
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Apple at Expo: What went wrong?
Financial Times:   Apple CEO's withdrawal fuels health fears
Peter Burrows / Tech Beat:
What To Make of Apple's Exit from Macworld
Discussion: CNET News and Daring Fireball
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Steve Jobs won't give Macworld keynote
Discussion: Mercury News
Associated Press:   Apple CEO Jobs absent from Macworld lineup
Daniel / Disqus:
DISQUS and Facebook Connect under the mistletoe  —  Facebook Connect is new technology that allows websites and blogs to plug into the Facebook platform.  This holiday season, Disqus will enable all websites with Disqus-powered comments to easily integrate with Facebook Connect.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Soon, All Your Blog Comments Will Belong To Facebook (Or Google)  —  There are way too many comment login systems out there.  Each blogging platform (Wordpress, Typepad, Blogger) has its own login system, then there are the cross-platform commenting systems like Disqus and JS-KIT.
Discussion: Got Kit? and All Facebook
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for December 2008  —  Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: December 16, 2008  —  Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: December 17, 2008  —  This is an advance notification of an out-of-band security bulletin …
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Richard Wray / Guardian:
Microsoft Internet Explorer users told to switch browsers over ‘zero-day’ flaw  —  Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer have been warned of a flaw that could let hackers gain access to their computers and steal personal data, and told them to swap to a rival browser.
Brett Slatkin / Google App Engine Blog:
System Status Dashboard, Quota Details Page, and a Billing Sneak Preview  —  We're excited to announce a couple new features and a preview for you today:  — an App Engine System Status Site that monitors the latency and uptime of various components and provides real-time visibility into their performance
Discussion: Google Watch, Webware.com and SitePoint
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Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Google Opens Up App Engine Pricing Model  —  Until now, Google's App Engine has been a great playground for coders: Everyone gets a daily quota of computing resources to play with.  But without understanding how pricing will work when you go beyond those quotas, it's been harder to understand business models built on it.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Long waits for some Netflix Blu-ray customers  —  If you're a Netflix customer who's paying an extra $1 a month to rent movies on Blu-ray, you might have noticed that the discs aren't being delivered as quickly as DVDs.  —  Josh Lowensohn, one of my colleagues here at CNET News …
Andrew Koubaridis / New Zealand Herald:
Aussie couple lose home via Facebook  —  A legal move believed to be a world first has opened the way for New Zealanders to be served legal documents through their Facebook sites.  —  Canberra lawyer Mark McCormack expects other courts will follow his lead after he used the internet to find …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Maps Integrates Video  —  When you click the top More button at Google Maps, you can now select a “Videos” option that will show location-related YouTube videos on the map (not sure if non-YouTube videos are supported too, I just spotted YouTube ones among the several ones I checked)*.
Discussion: Webware.com and Search Engine Land
Agence France Presse:
PartyGaming founder pleads guilty, to forfeit 300 mln dlrs  —  AFP/File - A man plays poker on his computer connected to an internet gaming site from his home.  The co-founder ...  Related Quotes  —  Symbol Price Change  —  309.24  —  +18.17  —  1,589.89  —  +81.55  —  708.67  —  +33.87
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Yahoo's Santa Monica office ditches Hollywood perks in bow to frugality  —  The perks of being a Yahoo are vanishing along with the jobs.  —  The Santa Monica satellite office, which once hosted veteran television executive Lloyd Braun and boasted ambitions of muscling in on the entertainment industry …
Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Pentax's white SLR for Imperial stormtroopers  —  It can be hard to get your lower-end SLR to stand out in the crowd of options these days, which is doubtless why Pentax on Tuesday announced a white version of its entry-level K2000 SLR and two bundled lenses.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Apple Will Release Netbooks Next Month.  If “Will” Means “Might Conceivably.”  —  In my more cynical moments, I've sometimes contended that analysts don't know anything we technology journalists don't-it's just that they get paid (a lot) more for their opinions, and people take them more seriously.
Rick Broida / Crave: The gadget blog:
Get a refurbished iPhone 3G for $149.99 shipped  —  Here's something you don't see every day: refurbished iPhones.  Nevertheless, over at AT&T you can score a refurbished 8GB iPhone 3G for $149.99 with free overnight shipping.  (You can get the 16GB model, in either black or white, for $249.99.)
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
NBC's Samberg: Still King of YouTube  —  Network Turns Blind Eye as Video Racks Up Views  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — NBC is supposed to give all its hit “Saturday Night Live” clips to its online joint venture, Hulu, not YouTube, right?  Well, not always, apparently.
Discussion: VentureBeat and NewTeeVee
Elizabeth Montalbano / PC World:
Microsoft May Use ‘Kumo’ Name for More Than Search  —  Microsoft has been rumored for some time to be renaming its Live Search “Kumo” in 2009.  However, a trademark application the company filed this month suggests Microsoft may use the name for more than just its search engine.
Alexander Haislip / PE Hub Blog:
Draper Fisher Jurvetson Working on Fund X  —  Draper Fisher Jurvetson has begun fundraising for its tenth fund a mere 12 months after closing its $600 million ninth fund, according to a regulatory filing.  —  Details are not yet available and Tim Draper could not be immediately reached for comment.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Good news for YouTube: Bullish video ad forecast  —  Online advertising may be dragging, but one analyst firm expects the market for video ads to grow 45 percent to $850 million in 2009.  —  An eMarketer study released Tuesday forecast more growth in years to come: $1.25 billion in 2010 …
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Dan Moren / Macworld:
AOL releases AIM 1.0 for OS X
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Zoho Creator Apps Will Now Float on Google App Engine Cloud
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‘Extremely severe’ vulnerabilities in Opera browser
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HOT!  BlackBerry Virtual OS Running On Windows Mobile HTC Touch …
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